Surprise, surprise–Teddy Bridgewater won’t be throwing at the Scouting Combine.
Late night whispers: just heard Teddy Bridgewater has decided not to throw at the #NFLCombine
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) February 22, 2014
It’s a spotlight reserved for mid-round quarterbacks and one first rounder every single year.
With the amount of attention paid to Pro Days, guys would rather throw to receivers they are comfortable with than give scouts any reason to doubt drafting them as high as they could. Every missed ball could be millions lost.
It’s not like there are hundreds of hours of film to analyze or anything.
This is a downer for football fans but it’s not really a big deal. Bridgewater will probably still entertain us by running and jumping and all of that jazz, but he won’t be slinging the ball around.
Probably for the best.
Johnny Manziel won’t throw either, though he stated on Friday that it wasn’t his call, it was more on his agents recommendation. The highest rated QB scheduled to throw in this year’s Scouting Combine is UCF’s Blake Bortles, who could either solidify his spot as the number one pick or risk dropping to the Jaguars, Browns, or Raiders.
Being a guaranteed top five pick, these guys really should know they haven’t much to lose but teams might be scared off at the slightest miscue.